Saturday, November 3, 2012

A Successful Day

Today I went down to Hudson to have lunch with a school friend (that sounds very 1930s-English, doesn't it?), and after we ate we went around to a few of the antique shops!  As I'd already bought four antique fashion magazines on eBay this morning - three were from the 1920s, so it counts as legit DressU research expenses - I didn't want to spend much, but in the last shop there were boxes of cartes-de-visite and cabinet cards.  They were priced at, respectively, $1 and $3, so I went through and picked out several that were useful research sources and a few more that were just aesthetically pleasing.



I didn't notice at first, but these two have the same backing and the same stamp on the back, so they're obviously from around the same date.  (I've included scans of all the backs with writing/printing, because it's helpful to be able to connect different typography styles with different periods.  And because they're cool.)






 

 






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  1. Quite a find! These photos show a nice lot of dress detail and should be handy for your presentation. I'm not so sure about the men ones...but a few of the women are sweet-looking.

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    1. I was surprised to see the earlier ones up for only a dollar, but then I realized this morning that that's because all of the family ones we have are from 1888 to the 1910s - I unconsciously picked up the impression that that was the common date range for them.

      I don't think they'll be useful for my presentation (this year, anyway), but I like having them just in case I need pictures of trim or hair styles!

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  2. Dear Cassidy,
    These are really nice photographs. Do you mind if I use the mid-1870s one of the girl from Fort Plain in my 1870s collar and hair research? I am tweak my 1870s ensemble, giving it a new collar treatment, finishing the trim, and redoing the hair.

    Neat to see so many NY photos: being from Ithaca, it's like looking at home.

    Very best,

    Natalie

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    1. Go ahead! That's why I posted them.

      I was hoping to find ones a little more close to home (nearer to Saratoga), but as I was about an hour and a half away I can't be too surprised. I need to go around to local antique stores next weekend, I think.

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  3. Oh, what lovely finds! Is the 2nd one a 'shrouded mother' image?

    There are some lovely examples of plaid in these - and the wonderful Japonisme back of the Flint image. Beautiful!

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    1. I think the baby's just sitting on a cloth-covered chair. But it's hard to tell.

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  4. Man, I was looking in the wrong box! How did you end up with all the earlier images? :P Guess we have to go back.

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    1. Well, I'd made a beeline for the cheaper box because I wanted to save money, but I realized when I was scanning that the smaller cartes-de-visite are generally 1860s-1870s, and the larger cabinet cards are 1880s-1890s. So when looking at antique photos it's clearly the better option to check out the smaller ones!

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